In-Person Ceremony FAQ
Yes! All graduating students—including residential, commuting, and remote students—are invited to participate in in-person Commencement ceremonies and celebrations.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday, April 26 that New Jersey’s size limit on outdoor gatherings will increase from 200 to 500 people effective May 10, 2021.
This new guidance confirms that each graduate is permitted to have two guests in attendance at their designated in-person ceremony. The two-guests-per-graduate limit allows us to uphold physical distancing requirements.
To ensure the health and safety of all in attendance, we are unable to adjust the number of tickets for each graduate. Tickets are non-transferable from graduate to graduate. All graduates and guest must be registered to attend.
Drew will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in the planning and execution of our Commencement celebrations. During Commencement, Ranger Stadium will be set up to require all guests to socially distance a minimum of six feet from one another. Please maintain physical distance from fellow guests and graduates. All attendees (both guests and graduates) will be required to wear a mask at all times during their visit to campus, in accordance with Drew’s health and safety protocols. All attendees are asked to complete the health and safety check via our LiveSafe app on the day of the event to ensure the health and safety of the Drew community.
No, all 2020 graduates do not need to reapply to graduate, however all graduates planning to attend their designated in-person ceremony were asked to register by Friday, May 7.
No lodging will be provided on campus for non-resident students and all guests. There are various accommodations in the Madison area.
The regular deadline for ordering Commencement regalia for in-person ceremonies has passed, but regalia can be ordered with an additional expedited processing fee.
Because this year’s in-person Commencement events are inclusive for both 2020 and 2021 graduates, all graduates who order regalia will receive a tassel that corresponds with their designated class year.
Please reach out to the respective group leader to find out how to receive your cords.
Yes. Drew will live stream all in-person ceremonies to the main Commencement website.
No. In order to ensure the safety and health of all in attendance, we are unable to adjust which ceremony students are assigned to. The breakdown is as follows:
Friday, May 14
10 a.m. | Theological School Classes of 2020 and 2021 Ceremony
2 p.m. | Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Classes of 2020 and 2021 Ceremony
6 p.m. | College of Liberal Arts Class of 2020 Ceremony
Saturday, May 15
10 a.m. | College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Sciences (in-person)
2 p.m. | College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Social Sciences (in-person)
6 p.m. | College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Arts & Humanities (in-person)
*Note: Students with a double major should register for and attend the ceremony designated for the discipline for which they feel the strongest affiliation.
CLA ceremony designations by major:
Sciences | Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics
Social Sciences | Anthropology, Business, Economics, Environmental Studies & Sustainability, International Relations, Political Science, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology
Arts and Humanities | Art History, Chinese, Classics, English, French, History, Italian Studies, Media & Communications, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre Arts, Women’s and Gender Studies
All graduates should come wearing regalia ready to commence. Please be mindful of what shoes to wear as the stadium turf cannot withstand high heels.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer students the opportunity to commence with the class of 2022. All graduates have the option to participate in their designated ceremony in May 2021.
The class of 2021 degrees will be conferred in May, and all diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application that was requested by the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas should arrive within 5-10 weeks after the conferral date, with international mailings being on the longer end of the time range.
In order to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in the planning and execution of our Commencement celebrations, Drew will not be providing refreshments at the in person ceremonies. All guests should plan accordingly and will be permitted to bring reusable water bottles into the stadium. Before and after the ceremony, graduates and guests are encouraged to explore restaurants in Madison, many which are accepting reservations for outdoor dining.
Yes. Guests with visible disability parking placards or license plates will be granted access to disability parking, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please enter at Lancaster Road and inform the parking staff of your need for disability parking as you enter campus, and you will be directed accordingly.
If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Dana Giroux before May 14, 2021 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 973-408-3962 to discuss your accessibility needs.
Reach out to the Commencement team via email at email@example.com